Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

September 13, 2008 at 7:25 pm Leave a comment

Loved this book. It was recommended by a friend and I’m so glad I took her suggestion.

The narrative pulls you in from the very beginning and just pulls you along effortlessly. Each of the main characters narrates a chapter and it’s done in a beautiful way, adding layer upon layer to the story. I’m not usually a huge fan of switching perspectives but this is done so well. The characters are well drawn and it’s just beautifully written.

Mudbound tells the story of Henry & Laura (along with their 2 daughters and Henry’s father) who move to the Mississippi Delta in 1946 to run a farm. Laura does not wish to live this rural life in little more than a shack, with no indoor plumbing or electricity. When it rains the bridge to town is covered by the river and the family is stranded in the mud. Jamie, Henry’s brother and a decorated soldier in World War Two returns.  Ronsel, the oldest son of the black sharecroppers who live on Henry’s farm, also served in World War Two as a tank driver. Jamie and Ronsel’s unlikely friendship and its ramification lead to the explosive climax of this novel.

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